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President Barack Obama with Cardinal Sean O'Malley

The president must decide what is more important: pandering to the Catholic hierarchy or protecting women's health.

President Barack Obama

In a momentous strategic shift, President Obama has begun a military buildup in East Asia in a foolish attempt to intimidate China. It will bring blowback, and a greater risk of war.

Obama has failed not because he is a progressive in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt but because he is not. 

Do the president's campaign e-mails and leadership style in general betray the heavy hand of big oil on his administration?

As the 2012 election draws closer, what can Obama learn from the many battles of Chile's most famous president?

Barack Obama

Facing a primary challenger might force Obama to embrace progressive ideals—and he can’t win 2012 if he doesn’t.

By pointing those who are the culprits of "the crime of the century," President Obama betrayed his promise of hope.

President Barack Obama

Is this a politician who, when faced with recalcitrant opposition, would rather switch than fight?

Barack Obama

Electoral racism may be dead, but is there a more subtle form of racism at work in the white flight from Obama?

President Barack Obama

With a record 46.2 million Americans living in poverty, it’s getting too late to give President Obama a pass on the economy.

Blogs

More people need to start saving, but are IRAs the best way to do it?

January 29, 2014

The president’s “income inequality” address had plenty of strengths, but one big weakness.

January 28, 2014

The president is getting a lot right. But he cannot afford to muddle his message tonight.

January 28, 2014

A reactionary shift toward bipartisanship—toward an anodyne centrism—isn’t the solution.

January 28, 2014

After months of progressive organizing, President Obama will increase wages for future federal contract workers. 

January 28, 2014

Will Obama's State of the Union address be too lackluster to make a difference? 

January 27, 2014

Will Obama move the conversation on inequality forward?

January 27, 2014

The American Legislative Exchange Council is circulating a "Model Policy" resolution endorsing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

January 24, 2014

President Obama can and should take smart steps without Congress. 

January 21, 2014

Obama did do something of potentially great significance today: open the door for Congress to make the big changes that he won’t. 

January 17, 2014